Ranger Creek Small Batch Series No. 2

Serve in Tulip


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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
This Texas Farmhouse Ale is a traditional Wallonian-style saison brewed with spelt that has been smoked over 4 Texas fruit woods. The use of peach, apricot, apple and plum woods add a subtle smokiness and light fruit texture to the earthy-sweet spelt, and marries well with the complexities of the Belgian farmhouse yeast. Earthy, peppery spice, herbal notes, soft ripe fruitiness and light smoke phenols come from fermenting at high temperatures and create a deep, refreshing character. Highly attenuated for a quenching dryness, this traditional saison is an esoteric seasonal thats made for the Texas summer months.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dchobbs (33) - Texas, USA - SEP 11, 2012
Sorry I didn't care for this one as much. Nice wildflower and apricot aroma, but the taste had a musty property to it and lacked a refreshing orchard mouthfeel and is reminiscent of a cellar. I think it was a noble effort and all is not lost, the appearance and taste have redeeming qualities, but this was not my favorite from Ranger Creek.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jimmie65 (330) - Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2012
On tap at Ranger Creek. Golden, somewhat hazy pour with no head to speak of. Aroma was yeasty and fruity (given the description, I expected some wood or smoke but there wasnt any). Flavor had a little smoke, lots of fruit, a little spice. Unfortunately, like most taps at the open house, there was a little soapiness to the texture. Very satisfying on a hot day.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brokensail (16342) - Dublin, California, USA - SEP 4, 2012
Pours a nice hazed golden orange color with a large white head. The smoke really stands out on this. There is a bit of saison character underneath the smoke and charred wood. A light citrus quality and tartness, a bit of grass, and some floral and herbal notes. The flavor is also dominated by the smoke. Quite dry and lightly tart. Some charred oak, lemon peel, orange peel, and a bit of cracker malt. Light pepper and herb flavors with just a few hints of sweet fruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aguyintx66 (90) - Nixa, Missouri, USA - SEP 3, 2012
Bottle. Poured a cloudy golden color with a thick white head.. Aroma of lemon and bread. Has a citrus taste with a lingering finish. A pretty tasty beer.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
3sheets2wind (78) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - SEP 1, 2012
The only down side for this beer is in its nose. A little like dish soap. The good: hazy gold with a pleasing effervescence. Very dry, refreshing. You do not taste the high alcohol content. There is a nice lemony aftertaste that I see in many saisons but there is also a spicy cayenne pepper note that intrigued me. Too expensive to be a session beer. If this was $10 for a six pack, Id have half a case in my fridge at all times, but $6 for a twelve ounce bottle is a bit steep.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jhamp9 (1785) - Corinth, Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2012
Cloudy peach pour with a lasting white head. Aroma is funky citrus zest. Taste is spicy, smoky, and very earthy. Some fruit comes through as well. Dry on the palate. Interesting

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beerenberger (1602) - Fischer, Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2012
Aroma: citrus and pineapple. Appearance: a cloudy amber with a non-lasting white head and no lacing. Taste: pineapple, citrus, and biscuit with an alcohol dry finish. Mouthfeel: medium-light body and crisp. Overall: very rewarding. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Pours a deep, thick golden orange with a head as thick and tall as, um, something REALLY thick and tall. Aroma is bready lemon zest shavings with a touch of attic must and old wood. Light whisps of rosy hops in there too. Flavor is buttery smoke with light notes of pepper, bread, and a touch of orange. Some dark fruit tries to emerge but decides to sit back down. Really interesting flavor; the smoke would seemingly detract but in this case it adds to the complexity and enjoyment. Slippery mouthfeel. This ones a winner in my book.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
llcooldave (1203) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2012
Rock on! Im the first San Antonio Rater (to my knowledge). Smells like a Belgian golden ale, some spice, banana and fruity malt esters. Cloudy honey color in the glass, very fizzy as others have noted. A bit straightforward Belgian golden ale taste until you get to the aftertaste, some peach and pepper, with a touch of cinnamon. The flavor lasts a long time on the palate. Overall, a very nice brew. glad I picked up more than one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 22, 2012
Draught. nose is fruit, some citrus, some pineapple. Something phenolic. Id guess Brett if I didnt know it was smoke. well played. Just orange without much head. Flavor is yeast-forward, with lots of depth. Fruit and flowers. The vaguest smoke. So well balanced and complex. Gorgeous.

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